Reimer Hardwoods Ltd. was founded by Abbotsford residents Gordon and Diane Reimer in 1977, as a part-time business specializing in hardwood lumber sales to high school woodwork programs.
At that time, the company was called IES, Industrial Education Supply Ltd., and operated in shared warehouse space on Clearbrook’s Windsor Street.
In the summer of 1981 the enterprise became a full-time concern for Gordon and Diane, and included several part-time employees. By 1983, it employed a full-time staff of seven, including Colin and Cathie Reimer, the founder’s children.
In autumn of the same year, the firm opened its first branch warehouse in Kelowna. This 2,500 square-foot facility was twice enlarged and then replaced in 1990 with our current 12,000 square foot building at 650 Adams Court in Kelowna.
The Loyalty of our customers brought continued success, and by 1986 further expansion was warranted. In the spring of that year, a warehouse near Victoria was opened. This operation was contained in a 4,500 square-foot building in the Keating Cross area, but in 1993 relocated closer to Victoria and into our new 12,000 square-foot structure at 4240 Commerce Circle.
In the summer of 1986 the company built its first new warehouse on Peardonville Road in Abbotsford. Two years later the facility was expanded to 24,500 square-feet and now operates from our 70,000 square foot warehouse and office complex at 31135 Peardonville Road in Abbotsford.
For many years, Reimer Hardwoods has been a member of the Pacific Coast Wholesale Hardwood Distributors Association. This by invitation only trade association has represented the concerns of major west coast distributors from Arizona and California to B.C. and Hawaii for over 80 years.
In December 2004 Gordon and Diane Reimer formally announced the transfer of ownership of Reimer Hardwoods Ltd to their son Colin Reimer. Colin, in turn announced intentions for Reimer Hardwoods to continue its growth in neighboring Alberta.
At this time, Colin and Sharon Reimer would like to extend their thanks to all the customers who have supported us and purchased products, helping to build the company through the years.
We look forward to providing a level of service that demonstrates Reimer Hardwoods commitment and loyalty to our suppliers, clients and the communities that we serve.